The Finale: Reflecting on my Blogging Journey

As this is my last blog post for BCM110 L I would like to reflect on my 5 week blogging experience and the way writing these posts has altered my perspective on the media. When I first started writing my first post, I was rather ignorant of all media-based issues and didn’t realize HOW influential and controlling the media can be. By examining various case studies such as The Murder of Jamie Bulger and Miley Cyrus as well as various theories such as ‘The Public Sphere’ and the ‘Cultivation Theory’ I have gained a deeper understanding of the way the media can manipulate society.  I also believe that writing weekly blog posts has taught me the value and importance of blogging and the way it can provide fresh, innovative perspectives on global affairs.

The idea of media effects is a one which I have found to be the most interesting, to both research and write about. Learning about media effects, such as violence on TV, and how it can influence individuals really helped me form a new perspective on how influential and even dangerous the media can be. Reading David Gauntlett’s article on the ‘Effects Model’ was extremely thought-provoking  and was effective in demonstrating an alternative theory to the generalised idea that the media is responsible for violence in society.

 

Looking back on my first blog post, I must confess that I believe my writing has improved with every blog post that I have done. I remember feeling frustrated whilst writing the first post, as I was not familiar with the method of writing a blog post. It was by continual practice and reading the blogs of fellow students that I was able to understand the method of writing a blog post and thus was able to appreciate blogging as a skill and differentiate blog writing to other forms of writing.

 

So, to conclude, I would like to thank everyone for taking the time to read my posts and I hope you enjoyed reading my posts as much as I have enjoyed writing them.

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“Noah” Controversy Floods the Public Sphere

Famous German philosopher Jürgen Habermas defines a public sphere as the “realm of our social life in something approaching public opinion can be formed”. Nowadays, these ‘spheres’ tend to be more mediated, or controlled, particularly on T.V. in such shows as ‘Q & A’ and ‘Insight’. Mediated public spheres are often critized for being much too trivialised and fragmented.

The recent release of Darren Aronofsky’s recent biblical film “Noah” embodies the previously mentioned criticisms in regards to the depiction of the tale and its deviation from what is written in the bible. In fact, an article from KHSB says that a local church in Kansas, US planned to screen the film exclusively to the church and then discuss the film’s accuracy to what is told in the bible. However, other religions have not all took so kindly to the film, and the film was in fact banned in Malaysia as it dishonoured Islamic rules in regards to the depiction of prophets.

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Source: 2014. . [ONLINE] Available at:http://theramblingstone.files.wordpress.com/2014/03/noah-movie-psoter-6601.jpg. [Accessed 06 April 2014].

Having seen the film as a non-church goer, I personally enjoyed the film and found nothing to get angry about. However, I understand that more religious people may perceive the film differently than I did and so I do understand why the film may have angered some people.

However, the question remains: Could the film’s controversy be discussed in a mediated public sphere? Why of course it could! A show such as ‘Q & A’ could prove the perfect format for a debate regarding the film’s controversial depiction of Noah’s Ark.

Noah Trailer

REFERENCES:

  1. Habermas, Jurgen. (1989). The Public Sphere: An Encyclopaedia Article. In Critical Theory and Society: A Reader. Stephen Eric Bronner and Douglas M Kellner. New York: Routledge. pp 136-142. reproduced in Media and Cultural Studies: key works. Meenakshi Gigi Durham and Douglas M Kellner (ed). (2001) Oxford: Blackwell Publishers. pp102-107
  2. Church: controversy over ‘Noah’ movie provides teaching opportunity – KSHB.com. 2014. Church: controversy over ‘Noah’ movie provides teaching opportunity – KSHB.com. [ONLINE] Available at:http://www.kshb.com/news/region-kansas/overland-park/church-controversy-over-noah-movie-provides-opportunity-to-teach-faith. [Accessed 06 April 2014].
  3.  Malaysia bans Noah film as ‘un-Islamic’ | Showbiz | GMA News Online. 2014.Malaysia bans Noah film as ‘un-Islamic’ | Showbiz | GMA News Online. [ONLINE] Available at:http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/355629/showbiz/showbizabroad/malaysia-bans-noah-film-as-un-islamic. [Accessed 06 April 2014].
  4. Noah – Official Trailer (2014) [HD] Russell Crowe, Emma Watson – YouTube. 2014. Noah – Official Trailer (2014) [HD] Russell Crowe, Emma Watson – YouTube. [ONLINE] Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_OSaJE2rqxU. [Accessed 06 April 2014].